SACRAMENTO - Hector Solorio ran and hurdled the race of his life.
Manteca High's Matt Barber closed out his senior season as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player.
SACRAMENTO – The level of play it would have taken for the Manteca Buffaloes to compete for their first Sac-Joaquin Section title in school history abandoned them, in a season-ending 5-1 second round loss to El Dorado Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Park.
Sierra High junior Ulysses Knapps walked away from the long jump pit at Modesto Junior College last Thursday with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in the event but was not completely satisfied.
Teammates and coaches call her "Hammer," and it's a fitting description to what East Union High junior Brittany LaMar did for the Lancers this season.
The pressure of trying to extend its postseason took a back seat to rainy weather for the Manteca Buffaloes, as the Valley Oak League No. 2 seed's elimination contest against El Dorado High was postponed until today by unfavorable weather conditions.
Sierra High senior midfielder Delaine Quaresma is one of Timberwolves to be named to the all-Valley Oak League soccer first team. The four-time all-league selection scored nine goals and assisted two while helping the team capture its 11th VOL title in 16 years. Quaresma will be attending UCLA for academics.
Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin was voted the Valley Oak League MVP during the year-end coaches meeting.
STOCKTON - Renae McFadden saved the celebration for later.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High's Michael Timmins was faced with the same situation in the 10th inning as he was in the fifth during the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal contest with El Dorado at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark Saturday.
STOCKTON - Cherie DeJesus was the last East Union Lancer to walk away from Arnaiz Stadium following a 7-3 season-ending loss to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Friday.
Ripon High's girls soccer team reached the postseason for the first time in school history back in 2006, but the Indians were eliminated in the first round via penalty-kick shootout against Linden.
In 2007, Manteca High's baseball team qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since the late 1980s.
MODESTO - Anthony Chapman's words in February were prophetic.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians looked like they were in for a cozy ride to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V soccer final, but a valiant Central Catholic comeback halted any early celebrations.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.
Manteca's girls tennis team ended the first round of Valley Oak League play with a pivotal 5-4 win at Oakdale despite missing two regular doubles players Tuesday.
Lathrop threatened to force a fifth set but came up short against visiting East Union, which prevailed 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.
McKenna Doyle posted her best score of the season Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course and was low medalist in Sierra's 258-287 victory over Oakdale.